Free antivirus is always a good-looking option to consider, especially if it falls right into your price range like it does with mine. But do you get what you pay for with free companies?
Some sources are saying that the Internet security companies are no different than the crooks that employ malware; they run up a bunch of extras with their service packages. Others point out that you won’t be seeing any tech support with free antivirus service.
If you like a lot of extra features and can afford them, you may want to go for a reputable paying for solutions company. But we’re going to show you four of the free choices that may be just as good.
1.) Avira Free Antivirus
Avira may give the best and most efficient malware protection of any of the free services. It has scored extremely well in testing and allows free software to be installed for added protection and online parental monitoring if you choose.
There are quick and full scans already set up for you on Avira, as well as scans of specific drives. It has advanced privacy tools, several choices of settings and is excellent at detecting malware. There were no false malware detections found in its testing. Free Avira software is available for Android, Macs, and Windows.
2.)Avast Free Antivirus
Avast is efficient and easy to use and is good at spotting malware. Avast first began offering free antivirus software in 2001. Avast can prevent hackers from overtaking your browser, and detects any of your applications that are outdated, and updates them automatically to keep your system safe.
This system has scored well in a series of independent tests, and in PCMag’s antiphishing testing. Avast also has a router security scan and a password manager in its arsenal of virus protection. It has a smooth interface design and shows little impact on the performance of your system. And Avast protects you from email and instant message threats.
3.) Comodo Antivirus
Comodo Antivirus scans any drive or file to detect worms, viruses, Trojans, malware or any other threats. It will even scan compressed zip files. The cloud-based technology of Comodo will automatically update the newest virus definitions on its own.
Comodo is a free download for your Windows PC. It features a quarantine, which takes over the files that Comodo has found questionable for your PC after a complete scan. Quarantine fixes them up and drops them in a hidden folder in your OC that can’t be accessed by other programs. The Comodo Antivirus program will automatically update itself when an update is released, and you can schedule scans any time you want.
4.) Windows Defender
Then we come to Windows Defender. It was built into Windows 8, and is featured in Windows 10. Defender essentially takes the place of Microsoft Security Essentials, which ran in Windows 7. Defender gives Windows users baseline protection, automatically scanning files in the background before a user can open them. The Windows 10 model has cloud protection to stop malware from accessing your PC.
Windows Defender automatically cleans up and quarantines malicious files, and gives you the notice, “Malware detected.” But independent testing finds that its malware detection falls short and indicates the need for another antivirus utility. The Windows Club recommends downloading the free version of Malwarebytes and Microsoft EMET.
Other factors to consider when making your choice are that the free services were found to miss some malware threats during testing. And free services come with pop-up advertising. Companies that charge most likely put some of their revenue toward researching the latest threats and upgrading.
As always, do your research and compare your needs and your budget. There’s every chance that pay services are trying to sell you extra features you can live without.